Women and Gender Studies

The integration of knowledge is one of the goals of the liberal arts. For many scholars in the last 20 years, the study of women’s experiences and gender has provided one such integrative principle.

The women and gender studies program allows male and female students to take a number of courses in a variety of disciplines that deal with the experiences of women and/or focus on gender.

Besides acquainting themselves with scholarship done on gender, students will be asked to reflect upon the kinds of questions such scholarship asks and the implications of such scholarship for their fields of study and social interaction.

The Women and Gender Studies Major is designed to achieve the following objectives, based on the college mission statement and the all-college academic goals, abilities, and values:

  1. To provide students with a systematic knowledge of the multidisciplinary scholarship about women and gender.
  2. To teach students how the application of women's studies and/or gender lens can challenge traditional, historical, and cultural assumptions and claims of knowledge.
  3. To acquire a language about the social and historical context of women and gender in the U.S. and globally, including the ways systems of dominance such as sexism and racism function and have changed.
  4. To teach students how gender is fundamental to the construction of identity and the organization of human relations.